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Arts and Pints This Weekend!

May 17, 2013 - Jim Price
Two of the event mile markers that indicate that central Pennsylvania has definitely arrived into spring take place this weekend, the Blair County Arts Festival and the Pints for Pets Brewfest.

The 46th annual Blair County Arts Festival happens Saturday and Sunday at Penn State Altoona, and will again be jam-packed with a wide assortment of arts and crafts vendors and displays, art exhibits, performance art, food and live music.

The live music slate for this year’s Festival features a wide variety of entertainment both days.

Saturday’s slate includes State College’s Pure Cane Sugar, displaying bright two- and three-part harmonies on their blend of classic folk, rock and Americana music and originals. The harmonies generated by guitarist Kate Twoey, singers Natalie Berrena and Molly Countermine have to be heard to be believed! Pure Cane Sugar takes the stage at the Food Court Tent starting at 5:30 p.m.

Also appearing on Saturday are the Beatlemaniacs, an offshoot project from popular Cambria County rock-and-rollers White Shadow that specializes in the music of the Fab Four. Singer/drummer Jerry Carnicella, singer/bassist Bob Helbig, guitarist/singer Johann Von Schrenkel and keyboardist/singer Harry Young perform songs from throughout the Beatles’ career, with attention to instrumental tones, harmonies and detail. They start at 4 p.m. under the Food Court Tent.

Perennial Arts Festival folk favorites Jerry Haines and Jay Smar return to perform on Saturday. Schooled in traditional folk from such names as John Prine, Woody Guthrie and others, both performers will demonstrate their brand of homespun folk music throughout the day. Haines performs at 1 p.m. under the Food Court Tent, Smar performs an educational folk history set at 5:30 p.m. on the Misciagna Building portico, and both artists will join forces for a folksy jam session under the Food Court Tent at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday will finish with a vintage rock and roll party courtesy of Your Dad’s Friends, beginning at 7 p.m. under the Food Court Tent. Five members strong, Your Dad’s Friends will celebrate the rock’n’roll of the ‘60s and ‘70s, mixed with a touch of humor. Dancing is encouraged.

Sunday’s Arts Festival live music schedule also features its share of highlights. Southeastern Pennsylvania-based performer Jordan White plays under the Arts Festival Food Court Tent starting at 4:30 p.m. White will perform original alternative-flavored pop/rock, including songs from his debut EP “4 Songs.”

Making their Arts Festival debut on Sunday will be Altoona-based blues quartet The Hawks Blues Band, who take the stage under the Food Court Tent at 3:45 p.m. Singer Brian Elliott, guitarist Jason Feathers, bassist Jim Colyer and drummer Nate Woods will perform a mix of electric blues and boogie, schooled in the traditions of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and others; and will also perform selections from their upcoming debut studio album.

Tree the Band will get their Irish up under the Food Court Tent starting at 1:15 p.m. Sunday. The Johnstown-based group will perform a mix of traditional Celtic folk, Irish pub songs, bluegrass, folk and more.

Local party band favorites Flight 19 will cap this year’s Arts Festival under the Food Court Tent starting at 5:15 p.m. The “Party Plane” will again bring their mixture of modern and classic rock favorites, with connecting flight journeys to ’80s-era new wave, ‘70s-era funk and disco, hair band rock, original songs and more.

And throughout both days, acoustic duo Dance Fairies Dance will bring an interesting flavor to the Arts Festival. Featuring fairy costume-clad members named Oona and Gingersnap, the Carlisle-based duo specializes in upbeat pop and rock based on fairies and the fantasy world. Dance Fairies Dance will perform twice both days on the Misciagna Portico.

Admission to the festival is free; a donation will be accepted for parking, which supports the festival.

The sixth annual Pints for Pets Brewfest returns to People’s Natural Gas Field Saturday afternoon and evening. More than 80 breweries from across the country and around the world will present a wide variety of beer products to sample over the event’s two sessions, with proceeds benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. Besides the possibility of interesting beer flavors like habanero (presented by Marzoni’s last year), live music will again be a part of this year’s Brewfest. Performing during the first session at 1 p.m. will be Tree the Band and AC Express, while Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band and R2B2 will perform the evening session starting at 6 p.m. Admission to the afternoon session is $35/person, and $40/person for the evening session; and of course, the event is open to those 21 and older.

Support live music this weekend! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


Randy Jackson, Stephen Johnopolos and Joe Carlin at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Fundraiser for Hunter at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring the Rhythm Sharks, Backyard Rockers, Brian Middleton, Iron Wolf, Left For Dead, Phil Baskin and Adam D (starts 6 p.m., proceeds help Hunter, a 12-year-old boy set to undergo brain surgery on June 12)

Bedford County Players Benefit at Gardner Memorial Theater (Old Bedford Village), Bedford; featuring Dunning’s Creek, Washington Slept Here and Jerry Miller (starts 6 p.m.)

Drew Dodson at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Left For Dead at Aldo’s, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Ramada Inn Ballroom, Altoona

The Syrins at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (9 p.m., members and guests)

Punk Fiction at Sokol's Club, Lilly

Emberstitch at Bedford Moose, Bedford


Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona; visit Arts Festival link on this page for performance schedule

Pints For Pets Brewfest at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona; visit Pints For Pets link on this page for performance schedule


Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona; visit Arts Festival link on this page for performance schedule

Pints For Pets Brewfest at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona; visit Pints For Pets link on this page for performance schedule

Borrowed Time at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (Bikers Against Child Abuse fundraiser)

Randy Jackson, Stephen Johnopolos and Joe Carlin at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

The House Band at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

The Ground Crew at The Trianon, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

LTD’s Booster Bash at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Tuckey & Rooster, EVK, Cousin Mike, Backyard Rockers, Phil Baskin, Ryan Matthew, Brian Middleton, Drop Dead Sarcasm, Ruff Tymes, The Pastimes, Hopscotch with Landmines, Left For Dead (starts 6 p.m.)

Mama Corn at Shaw’s, Altoona

Hair Force One at 30 Something, Altoona

One Adam 12 at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Driving Sideways at Davey’s, Hastings

Night Train at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Craig Fitzpatrick at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

A.X.E. at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg


Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona; visit Arts Festival link on this page for performance schedule


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Ty & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (upstairs)


Open Mic Night at the Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


The Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Wertz & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Mug Shots, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)


Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Co’BRH’s, Altoona

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Pure Cane Sugar, performing during the 2011 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in downtown State College. Pure Cane Sugar performs at this year's Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona on Saturday afternoon.


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